Daihatsu DN Trec concept derived production car could fill in for the absence of a subcompact SUV in Toyota’s India portfolio
Daihatsu may not be coming to India in near future because of Toyota’s global alliance with Suzuki. But, we may see Toyota rolling out new cars based on Daihatsu models and one of them could be the Daihatsu DN Trec concept derived production model that would fill in the void of a subcompact SUV in the Japanese automaker’s India portfolio.
Toyota’s utility vehicles like Fortuner and Innova Crysta have seen immense success in the Indian market. But, the company doesn’t have any presence in the fast growing and highly competitive compact or subcompact SUV segments. If Toyota decides to bring the Daihatsu DN Trec based subcompact SUV here, it will directly challenge the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.
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Toyota owned budget car brand has showcased the DN Trec concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show and it grabbed everyone’s attention with stylish fresh design. This sub-4 meter concept model comes with slight resemblance to the Daihatsu Terios. The concept previewing a five-seater SUV measures 3,980 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, and 1,740 mm in height.
In terms of design, it looks bold and stylish with large front grille, sharp headlamps, a muscular front bumper with skid plate, sporty alloy wheels, black cladding at side profile, floating roof stance thanks to blackened A and B pillars. A very interesting design element of this concept is the suicide doors for the rear occupants. At the back, it gets an integrated roof spoiler, wraparound taillights and a chunky bumper with skid plate.
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Inside the cabin too, the concept appears with very attractive design. It gets a multifunction steering wheel, a wide fully digital instrument cluster that comes as part of a large and wide touchscreen infotainment system. As the concept has been displayed, it previews an automatic gearbox along with a rotary dial that are located at an ergonomically designed transmission well. However, the production model would probably carry a more conventional look.